The General Assembly of the Budapest Philharmonic Society - the orchestra of the Hungarian State Opera - elected internationally acclaimed conductor Pinchas Steinberg Chief Conductor and President of the orchestra on 5 February 2013. Steinberg will take over in February 2014.
Steinberg will start conducting operas in Budapest from the 2013/14 season. Critically acclaimed for his profound and deeply musical interpretations of the most demanding repertoire, both opera and symphonic, Pinchas Steinberg is one of the leading conductors performing today. He has distinguished himself for many years as a regular guest of the most prestigious opera houses and concert halls throughout Europe, and more recently in the United States. In December 2001 Mr.Steinberg made a triumphant concert debut with the Cleveland orchestra and since then he returns to Cleveland on a regular basis.
From 1988 to 1993, Mr.Steinberg held the position of Permanent Guest Conductor at the Vienna State Opera. His performances of opera have taken him to leading opera houses around the world, including London's ROH Covent Garden, Paris,Munich, San Francisco, Berlin, Rome, Madrid, Vienna. Between 1989 - 1996 he was Chief Conductor of the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Vienna and between 2002 - 2005 Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva.
His highly acclaimed recordings include Wagner's "Der fliegende Hollander" Catalani's "La Wally" for BMG and Richard Strauss' " Die schweigsame Frau". His recording of Massenet's "Cherubin" was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque, the Diapason d'Or, the German Critics Prize and the Caecilia Prize Bruxelles. Mr. Steinberg's latest recording is Mozart's "La Clemenza di Tito" for RCA, recorded live with the Munich Radio Orchestra.
He opened the 2011-12 season at the Opera Bastille Paris with a production of Strauss' "Salome". In January 2012 he made a triumphant return to the Vienna State Opera, conducting Giordano's Andrea Chenier. Other recent opera engagements include Wagner's Parsifal in Helsinki, Verdi's La Battaglia di Legnano and Puccini's Madama Butterfly in Rome, Korngold's Die tote Stadt in Paris and Madrid.
In February 2010 Pinchas Steinberg made his La Scala debut conducting 3 concerts of Schumann's "Faust Szenen" with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala. Recent engagements include concerts in Budapest, Rome, Cincinnati, Turin, Sydney, Naples, Prague, Moscow and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.